Monday, February 9, 2009

Inspired by Dickens

From USA Today's Book Buzz:
There are several books due to be released soon that are inspired by the works of Charles Dickens. We'll see if they have the same staying power -- not one of Charles Dickens' 20 novels has gone out of print since his death in 1870.

The new novels inspired by Dickens are:
  • Drood by Dan Simmons: imagines the unsolved mysteries of the author's final years. (due out February 9)
  • The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl: imagines the quest of Dickens' American publisher to discover the ending to Drood. (due out March 17)
  • Wanting by Richard Flanagan: features Dickens as a character, defending the reputation of the real-life Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, who disappeared in a search for the fabled Northwest Passage amid reports of cannibalism. (due out May 12)

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